Question for all you Atlanta boys.

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    Jan 16, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    This is my first post, so be kind.

    Question: I have a potential job opportunity in Alpharetta, GA (30144), but I would prefer to live in Midtown (30303). My biggest concern is traffic. What can I realistically expect? If driving is a bad option, does the MARTA run that far? If not, is the city planning on any alternative routes?

    I appreciate your kind feedback.

    Mike
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    Jan 16, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    The MARTA doesn't run as far as Alpharetta. The farthest it runs is North Springs which would be about a 10-15 minute drive to Alpharetta. If you're a gay single man, living in Alpharetta can feel pretty isolated. You definitely would want to live in Midtown. Living in Alpharetta can really put a damper on your social life. I personally despise Alpharetta. It's very straight, very conservative, very suburban and lacks personality. However, if you live in Midtown and work in Alpharetta, you WILL have to contend with a hellish commute. Traffic in Atlanta is horrendous. The MARTA line is very limited. If you're going to some place near a station and live near a station, it's fine. However, that rarely happens. You'll probably have to take a bus on top of the train. If you lived in Alpharetta and worked in Midtown, you could possibly do it. However, in reverse, you couldn't because you wouldn't have a car to get to work. You'd have to taxi every day which would be expensive.

    My suggestion is to find a place in Midtown if you can afford it and just endure the traffic. Traffic is worst between 4 and 7. Try to either leave early or leave late. A lot of guys go to the gym after work and wait for the traffic to die down.

    Hope this helps. Good luck to you!
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    Jan 16, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    Very helpful, thank you. However, I have to amend my statement: the job in in Kennesaw off of 75, not Alpharetta. I apologise for the mistake.

    Do you still anticipate a problem?

    Mike
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    Jan 16, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    Kennesaw is even further than Alpharetta. The closest MARTA Rail station is the North Springs Station in Sandy Springs. I live in Dunwoody, a mile from both the Sandy Springs Station (different from the one I just mentioned) and the Dunwoody Station. I would have loved to live in Midtown but it's more expensive. I tried Buckhead but there was nothing I liked ALONG the Rail Line and I didn't want to hop the bus and then take the Rail. So I opted for Dunwoody.

    If you want to live close to Midtown but not pay the expense, try Buckhead. Places are reasonably priced and if you don't mind the bus to the Rail, it can be a good thing. And if you are not into taking the bus like myself, then you are allowed to bring your bike with you on the Rail or lock it at a station.

    I have a lot of friends who would rather not drive into Atlanta, so they park their cars at the nearest MARTA station and take the Rail into the city. It works out pretty well in the warm weather. Though we all usually cave when it's cold and don't want to walk.

    Oh, and try to use Promove when looking for an apartment or rental. It's Atlanta's biggest apartment search company and it's completely free to use.
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    Jan 17, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    That's great info, thanks. Just to clarify: I've checked out the real estate in Midtown and it is something I can afford. Buckhead doesn't interest me because it's the suburbs. Also, it would be a reverse commute out of midtown, so I was wondering if that would make a difference. According to mapquest, it's about 25 miles. Realistically, in bad rush hour traffic, what's the worst I can expect?

    Realize, I've been living in New Jersey for 6 years and am no stranger to bad traffic.
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    Jan 17, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    Well, as stated by the other poster, Atlanta traffic can be hell...a good way to get an idea of it and keep track of it is by visiting this link:

    http://www.georgia-navigator.com/maps/atlanta

    Let's just say you will be glad when you are finally outside the 285 perimeter, LOL
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    going up 75 to kennesaw beats taking 400 to alpharetta by a long shot. you will have a "revere commute". I lived in midtown and worked in kennesaw a few years back and my commute was about 20 minutes. when i first moved to atlanta i moved to the burbs to be near my job and hated it. none of my friends would come to my house. sold that house and moved to midtown.
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    I've just moved into Midtown very recently and work outside the perimeter. The traffic can be terrible, but I live ITP (inside the perimeter) and drive OTP outside the perimeter. Because I'm doing the reverse drive, its not bad at all.

    The social scene in Midtown looks very promising...assuming I ever make the time to experience it. I say go for it! However, I'm probably too much of a newb to really speak on it. I just say the more midtowners the merrier! icon_smile.gif

    Oh, and I definitely agree..working in alpharetta would be fine...but it will probably be decades before the burbs will allow Marta to come close to reaching very far OTP.
    Good luck man.
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    lived in atlanta for 22 years. '30303' is closer to downtown than midtown. 30306 (virginia-highlands) and 30308 (midtown, poncey-highlands) are more associated with 'midtown'. 30307 (little five points, candler park) is also a great, funky intown neighborhood with access to MARTA's east/west line. i point out these zips only to suggest looking at zip codes other than 30303 for residency if you're looking to stay intown and relatively near MARTA stations.

    the heart of midtown is the intersection of piedmont avenue and 10th street... it is perhaps the gayest intersection on the planet except for castro at market. the piedmont/10th intersection is very close to the 10th street MARTA station and it would be easy to get downtown from this neighborhood. MARTA mirrors the interstate system in atlanta, and doesn't go 'deep' into neighborhoods. if you choose your residence location wisely (i.e. near MARTA) getting to work can be a breeze. you will never be able to avoid driving in atlanta though... it is urban sprawl at its best!! love(d) the city and go back as often as possible.
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    Thanks, boys. I really appreciate the feedback. I've been to Atlanta several times and it just seems like the best fit overall. Of course, nothing is perfect, but makes the best sense for me from a gay standpoint, cost of living and relative proximity to family.
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    Jan 17, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    I lived in Decatur for 10 years and worked in Alpharetta. The commute was aggravating stop and go unless there was an accident then you were screwed. The commute was about 30 mins one way but 50 mins to an hour coming home. I eventually started telecommuting and that was like paradise -- no more daily traffic hassles. Also a marta train in downtown decatur was pretty close. I have to say north decatur/ north druid hills was my favorite area to live. Just minutes from midtown and downtown it was really convenient and most of my friends were in the area too. I will live there again if I moved back (have been gone 2.5 years now).

    In general, commuting away from downtown is not as tramatic as driving towards downtown in the morning.
  • Grimlock

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    Jan 17, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    As stated by a bunch of folks here, the reverse commute won't be that bad. A couple chunks of 285 will get plugged in both directions during rush hour so I'd probably try to avoid 285 at all costs.

    If you are looking at the public transportation route, I believe Cobb County has CCT buses that run from some of the northern MARTA stations to Kennesaw.
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    Jan 19, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    Cool. I get a general idea of what to expect. I guess the bottom line is that you can't expect to live in a big city without some big city hassles, but I think it will definitely be worth it. I love Southern Boys!icon_wink.gif

    Much appreciated!

    Mike